Los Al Extends Futurity Payments
The California track implements stricter policies to crack down on drugs and cheating.
By Richard Chamberlain | November 4, 2014
Los Alamitos Race Course has extended the deadlines for the original payments for 2016’s Grade 1 Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Two Million futurities. The deadlines have been extended 30 days, to December 1 and December 15, respectively.
Los Alamitos owner and CEO Dr. Ed Allred announced the changes in a November 3 letter to horsemen, nominators and media outlets.
“Because of certain irregularities still being investigated in our recent futurity and derby trials, we are taking this action to clear the air so that nominators will have confidence that our races will be fair and provide equal opportunity,” Allred wrote.
“Horsemen should be aware that beginning in 2015, there will be zero tolerance of Clenbuterol at Los Alamitos, enforced by hair testing in all participants in major stakes races and spot checking on a daily basis of our racing programs,” he continued. “Blood testing will not stop Clenbuterol abuse.”
In his letter, Allred also expressed hope that other racing jurisdictions will adopt similar policies and procedures.
“If this doesn’t happen, in our opinion, Quarter Horse racing faces a bleak future,” he said. “We must rally together and stop this rampant corruption of our sport.”
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